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USA recognition of Jerusalem risks igniting 'fire' in region, warns Turkey

06 December 2017

The sources said Erdogan told Abbas that preserving the status of Jerusalem was important for all Muslim countries, adding that worldwide laws and United Nations decisions should be followed on the issue. Our biggest expectation and hope on this matter is that no steps are taken.

Erdogan said, would "follow this struggle to the very last moment with determination and we could even go right up to cutting our diplomatic relations with Israel".

Moves to name Jerusalem as the capital of Israel risks igniting a "fire" in the Middle East and will prove a "great disaster", Turkish government says.

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'.this can go as far as severing Turkey's ties with Israel. These are considered illegal under global law, though Israel disputes this.

Jerusalem (al-Quds) remains at the core of the perennial Israel-Palestine conflict, as Palestinians want Israeli-occupied East Jerusalem (al-Quds) as the capital of a future state.

Transportation and Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz (Likud) said that Israel did not take orders from Turkey. "We have never had anything to say to those who are taking resources overseas for investments", he said, clarifying that the "traitors" were those taking money overseas who were linked to Kurdish militants or supporters of the USA -based cleric whom Ankara accuses of orchestrating last year's coup.

On Sunday, US President Donald Trump's adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner said the president had not yet made a decision on whether to formally recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital, a move that would break with decades of US policy.

During his presidential campaign, Trump promised to move the United States embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Meanwhile, President Erdoğan reiterated his criticism of the USA for its strategy in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in Syria, where Washington has been cooperating with the Democratic Union Party (PYD) and its armed wing People's Protection Units (YPG), which Ankara see as offshoots of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK). Against DAESH? There is no DAESH there anymore. Iraq? No, they have already invaded there.

Elsewhere, Erdogan said the existence of the PKK/PYD terrorist group threatens Turkey's territorial integrity.

"DAESH militants that were set free in the Raqqa operation will be deployed in the deserts of Sinai in Egypt".

It was also announced on December 5 that Jordan's King Abdullah II will visit Turkey on December 6, upon an invitation from President Erdoğan.

According to the presidential press office of Turkey, the king's visit will mark the 70th anniversary of the start of diplomatic relations between Turkey and Jordan.

Despite the political turmoil between the countries, however, economic ties between Israel and Turkey have continued to flourish.

USA recognition of Jerusalem risks igniting 'fire' in region, warns Turkey